Guardiola defends Bayern trio

Bayern München boss Pep Guardiola has defended Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and Franck Ribery after the trio were spotted out on the town following Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus.

The Bavarian out raced into a two-goal lead at the Juventus Stadium before the Italian side rallied from behind to claim a 2-2 draw.

The three players in question were subsequently criticised for their actions in the German press, but Guardiola insists his players are “very professional”.

Speaking to the assembled press ahead of his side’s Bundesliga clash with VfL Wolfsburg, Guardiola said: “They are very professional. That’s the most important thing for me.”

Looking ahead to the clash with the Wolves, he added: “Wolfsburg is one of the best Bundesliga teams. This week is one of the most important for us. We can make a big step forward.

“If we win these four games it will have a big say in the championship.”

Robert Lewandowski made headlines across the world in October after bagging five goals in the space of nine frenetic minutes against Wolfsburg, but Guardiola does not expect a repeat of the feat.

“This was not normal,” he said. “Something like this happens one time in your life.”